Matzav has posted A deeply moving dialogue with Rabbi Chananya Chollak, International Chairman of Ezer Mizion, on the Power of Faith in Times of Trouble and Pain.
Maran Hagaon Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky shlita said to me: “You should know that we are currently at the tail end of ikvesa d’meshicha - the days just preceding the coming of Mashiach. That is why we see so many tragedies. The “accounts” of all the generations must be wrapped up. There’s no time for nonsense,” the Rav said. “We have to snatch more and more mitzvos, increase our Torah study and acts of chessed, because we are very close to the end… The Amora’im in the Talmud said of this period: ‘Let it come, but I should not see it.’ We have to strengthen our emunah and our mitzvah observance and try to carry out the charge, “V’ahavta l’reyacha kamocha - Love your fellowman as yourself, by smiling to others, by thinking about what we can do so that the other fellow will have it good as I have it good. An entire world is at our fingertips. Let’s renew the good in the world, and then we will merit seeing the actualization of ’Shine upon Tzion with a new light and may we all soon merit its luminance.’”
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VIN has posted Recollections Of Rabbi Yossi Stern, Z’l, a testimony of one man's accomplishments. May we be inspired to live up to our potential.
“There is a cup sitting on his desk that says, ‘It’s all good,’” said Mrs. Alpert. “That was one of his mottos. Rabbi Stern had a gift of seeing through things and untangling situations, no matter how complex.”
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